Islamic Cleric in Pakistan Arrested in Mob Attack on Christians Accused of Blasphemy

Rare instance of police intervention saves couple.

By Our Pakistan Correspondent
Rukhsana and Awais Qamar. (The Voice Society)LAHORE, Pakistan, July 5, 2015 (Morning Star News) – In a rare move by Pakistani police, an Islamist cleric was taken into custody on Friday (July 3) for inciting a Muslim mob to try to kill a Christian couple for alleged desecration of the Koran, a police official said.

Area residents and rights activists told Morning Star News that hundreds of Muslims in Makki village, near Farooqabad in Sheikhupura District, on Tuesday (June 30) attacked Owais Qamar, 35, and his wife Rukhsana after a neighbor complained that they were sleeping on a salvaged advertising sign inscribed with a koranic verse.

Graham blames Obama for rise of ISIL in Middle East

Senator Lindsey Graham gives a speech where he announced his candidacy for US President on June 1, 2015 in South Carolina, (AFP photo).

Senator Lindsey Graham gives a speech where he announced his candidacy for US President on June 1, 2015 in South Carolina, (AFP photo).

US Republican presidential candidate Lindsey Graham has lashed out at President Barack Obama over his foreign policy, arguing that his policy helped the rise of the ISIL terrorist group in the Middle East.

“Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing,” Senator Graham said on Sunday.

“Radical Islam is running wild in the Mideast,” he said. “I have never been more worried about an attack on our homeland than I am right now.”

Tunisia terror attack: Brits feared to be among 27 killed in Sousse holiday resort

BRITISH holidaymakers are feared to be among the 27 people killed in an Islamic State-inspired terror attack on two hotels popular with UK tourists in Tunisia.

Sousse beach terror attack


Sousse is a popular beach resort in Tunisia

Two gunman attacked a resort in Sousse on the Mediterranean coast, with shots fired on the beach.

Holidaymakers sunbathing were mown down in a hail of bullets in the latest ISIS-linked terror spectacular.

One of the gunmen's bodies lay at the scene with a Kalashnikov assault rifle after he was shot in an exchange of gunfire with police.

The second attacker is believed to be on the run and Tunisian authorities confirmed foreigners were among the dead. 

The Foreign Office said it is aware of the reports that Britons were involved in the incident and is looking into them.

A spokesman said: "We are aware of the ongoing situation at a hotel resort in Sousse, Tunisia. We are urgently looking to establish further details and whether any British citizens are involved."

The attack reportedly took place on the Imperial Marhaba hotel.

France attack: Man decapitated in attack near Lyon

Scene outside the factory in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier

The site belongs to Air Products, a US-based firm

France has begun a terror investigation after a decapitated body was found at the scene of a suspected Islamist attack on a US-owned gas factory near the south-eastern city of Lyon.

One arrested man suspected to have rammed a car into the factory had been investigated over possible ties to Islamist radicals, officials said.

President Francois Hollande said the aim was to blow up the factory.

Officials say the decapitated person was a local businessman.

His head was found on a post at the gates to the Air Products gas factory in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, some 40km (25 miles) from Lyon.

Cameroon Authorities Guiding Moslem Leaders On How To Identity And Denounce Radical Idealogies Within Their Communities

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Cameroon authorities are assembling Muslim leaders in the capital, Yaounde, to teach them how to identify and denounce promoters of the Islamic State group's radical ideology. The effort comes amid reports supporters of the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram have dropped their arms and are now preaching "extremism." Boko Haram earlier this year announced its adherence to the Islamic State group. Cavaye Yegue Djibril, speaker of Cameroon's national assembly, traditional ruler and Muslim spiritual guide, said Boko Haram fighters have dropped their guns and are now preaching Islamic State ideology.

Dewsbury teenager is 'UK's youngest ever suicide bomber'

Talha Asmal

Islamic State posted pictures on Twitter of Talha Asmal preparing for the suicide attack on Baiji

A West Yorkshire teenager is believed to have become Britain's youngest ever suicide bomber after reportedly blowing himself up in Iraq.

Talha Asmal, 17, was one of four suicide bombers who attacked forces near an oil refinery south of Baiji.

Social media reports linked to Islamic State (IS) said Asmal, going by the name of Abu Yusuf al-Britani, had taken part in the attack.

Plovdiv Appellate Court Upholds Detention of Imam Accused of Preaching Radical Islam

The Plovdiv Appellate Court upheld on Thursday the detention of the imam Ahmed Musa, who has been accused of preaching radical Islam in Bulgaria.

The court justified its decision, describing Musa as potentially dangerous and likely to go into hiding in case he is released.

Several Bosnians charged with joining 'Islamic State' fighters in Iraq, Syria

Prosecutors in Bosnia have brought terror charges against 12 people accused of traveling to Iraq and Syria to join the "Islamic State" (IS). An estimated 200 Bosnians have left to fight with the extremist group.

The Bosnian nationals were charged with "becoming part of a terrorist group and illegally participating in conflicts in Syria in Iraq," according to a statement from the state prosecutor's office in Sarajevo.

The men allegedly traveled to Turkey during 2013 and 2014 before crossing illegally into Syria, where they joined "Islamic State" (IS).

The prosector said some of the suspects had been taken into police custody, while others were under house arrest.

Four Egyptian teenagers face trial for 'insulting Islam' - by making fun of ISIS

  • Teenagers could face up to five years in youth detention centre for the clip

  • Their teacher, 42, who filmed them faces a jail term of up to seven years

  • Group were arrested last month and have been in prison cells ever since 

  • Film shows them imitating an ISIS beheading, and kneeling to pray   

By Thomas Burrows for MailOnline

Four Egyptian teenagers and their teacher have been detained for poking fun at ISIS in a harmless video. 

The teenagers, aged between 15 and 16, could face up to five years in a youth detention centre, while their teacher faces a potential jail term of up to seven years. 

The group were arrested last month and have been stuck in police holding cells ever since.

The teenagers have been detained after the film went public 

'Draw Muhammad' Contest Shooting: Two Suspects Dead, Guard Shot in Texas


Two gunmen were killed and a security guard wounded Sunday outside a "Draw Muhammad" contest organized by a free speech group at a school arena in Garland, Texas, police said.

The attackers drove up and opened fire on the security guard as the event was finishing up about 7 p.m. (8 p.m. ET), said Joe Harn, a spokesman for the Garland police.

Officers at the heavily-policed event returned fire, killing the men.

Egypt sentences 69 to prison for church attack: judicial sources


(Reuters) - Sixty-nine suspected Muslim Brotherhood supporters were each sentenced to 25 years in prison in Egypt on Wednesday for attacking and burning a church in a village near Cairo in 2013, judicial sources said.

The church in the village of Kafr Hakim, near Kerdasa just outside Cairo, was burned in August 2013 in a wave of violence that rocked the country after the army toppled elected Islamist president Mohamed Mursi following mass protests against his rule.

Egyptian authorities have jailed thousands of suspected members of Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood and the courts have sentenced hundreds to death.

White House condemns ISIS video that purportedly shows killing of Ethiopian Christians in Libya


This undated image made from a video released by Islamic State militants, Sunday, April 19, 2015, appears to show the killing of a group of captured Ethiopian Christians in Libya. (AP)

The White House Sunday evening condemned a video purportedly showing a mass execution of Ethiopian Christians in Libya by terrorists affiliated with Islamic State.

"We express our condolences to the families of the victims and our support to the Ethiopian government and people as they grieve for their fellow citizens," National Security Council spokesperson Bernadette Meehan said in a statement. "That these terrorists killed these men solely because of their faith lays bare the terrorists' vicious, senseless brutality."

Muslim migrants threw 12 Christians overboard to their deaths during Mediterranean crossing from Libya, say Italian police

  • Migrants from Nigeria and Ghana drown after being thrown overboard

  • Fight broke out on rubber dinghy carrying 105 from Libya to Italy

  • The men were thrown into sea 'for professing the Christian faith'

  • 15 men arrested for 'aggravated murder motivated by religious hate'

By Sara Malm for MailOnline



A group of Muslim migrants have been arrested for 'aggravated murder' after allegedly throwing 12 Christians into the Mediterranean sea during a recent crossing from Libya, Italian police reports.

Witnesses say a fight broke out on a rubber dinghy carrying more than 100 African migrants from Libya to Sicily, after which the men were thrown to their deaths.

A group of 15 men have now been arrested on suspicion of 'multiple aggravated murder motivated by religious hate,' Palermo police said in a statement.

Murders: A fight over religion broke out on a boat carrying 105 migrants from Libya, after which 12 men 'professing the Christian faith' were thrown to their deaths. Pictured: Migrants are transferred to holding centers after disembarking from in Augusta's port, near Siracusa, Sicily

Murders: A fight over religion broke out on a boat carrying 105 migrants from Libya, after which 12 men 'professing the Christian faith' were thrown to their deaths. Pictured: Migrants are transferred to holding centers after disembarking from in Augusta's port, near Siracusa, Sicily

European Parliament votes to call 1915 Armenian killings genocide


By Adrian Croft and Ayla Jean Yackley

BRUSSELS/ISTANBUL, April 15 (Reuters) - The European Parliament backed a motion on Wednesday that calls the massacre a century ago of up to 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turkish forces a "genocide", days after Pope Francis triggered fury in Turkey by using the same term.

Although the resolution repeated language previously adopted by the parliament in 1987, it could stoke tensions with EU candidate nation Turkey. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said even before the vote took place that he would ignore the result.

After the vote, the Turkish foreign ministry accused the European Parliament of attempting to rewrite history.

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29 Syrian Christians killed in Aleppo during violent onslaught after threat from Turkey in approach to anniversary of Armenian genocide

Armenian and other solidly Christian neighbourhoods of Aleppo are reeling from a deadly rebel attack last week that peaked on Friday night (10 April) with rockets killing some 29 people, many of them children. At least 56 Christians were injured and seven Christian homes totally collapsed.

Aleppo has been left in ruins by months of fighting

Aleppo has seen massive destruction in the current conflict

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It was “a hell” said one Christian leader in Aleppo, describing the five hours from 9 pm until 2 am on Friday night and Saturday morning in which rockets rained down on the Christian homes. The final rocket to fall weighed 350kg but did not explode.

At least ten or eleven children were killed as they slept. In one home, a mother and her four children all died. But better news came on Saturday night when four other children were found alive under the ruins of one building.

Hindu Extremists Block Good Friday Service, Beat Christians in Uttar Pradesh, India Pastor ordered to vacate rented property. By Our New Delhi Correspondent DELHI, April 10, 2015 (Morning Star News) – Under pressure from Hindu extremists, local officials kept a church from meeting on Good Friday (April 3) in India’s Uttar Pradesh state and ordered the pastor to vacate the property, the church leader said.

Pastor Daniel Singh of Salvation for Asia Church in Swar, near Rampur, told Morning Star News his two-year lease of the land allowed him to build a worship site, but Hindu extremists in the northern state have been threatening to burn his church building if he does not leave the property.

Isis ‘tentacles’ spreading in Muslim community, warns Rochdale imam

Locals urged to resist lure of Islamic State as local councillor’s son named among nine locals arrested on Syrian border

Waheed Ahmed, the son of Rochdale councillor Shakil Ahmed, leaves hospital after a medical checkup and fingerprinting in Hatay province, Turkey.

Waheed Ahmed, the son of Rochdale councillor Shakil Ahmed, leaves hospital after a medical checkup and fingerprinting in Hatay province, Turkey. Photograph: Anadolu Agency

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An imam in Rochdale has warned that the “tentacles of Isis” are spreading far and fast through the Muslim community as it emerged that a local Labour councillor’s son was among nine people from the town arrested on the Turkish-Syrian border.


Egypt Anti-Christian Violence: Church Commemorating ISIS Coptic Victims Attacked


Coptic church in Egypt
A church commemorating the Coptic victims of the Islamic State was attacked in the southern Egyptian province of Minya Friday, in the latest incident of violence against the Christian minority. Copts are pictured here outside a church in Minya's al-Our village, Feb. 16, 2015.Reuters/Asmaa Waguih

Over 100 Christians arrested for lynching 2 in Pakistan


Pakistani protesters take cover during clashes with police on Monday. Christian protesters clashed with police a day after Taliban bombers killed more than a dozen people in suicide attacks on two churches in the city.

Over 100 Christians have been arrested for allegedly being part of a mob that lynched two men after Taliban suicide attacks on two churches in Pakistan's biggest Christian colony that killed 17 people.

Confirming the arrests, a senior investigation officer said that more than 100 Christian protesters were arrested. They are currently being investigated by the police to determine their role in the protests.

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Fears British medics crossed into Syria

At least nine British medical students and doctors are feared to have travelled to Syria to work in areas controlled by Islamic State (IS).

A former Assad building in Syria

The students are believed to have travelled to Syria more than a week ago

At least nine British medical students and doctors are feared to have travelled to Syria to work in areas controlled by Islamic State (IS).

The group - all in their late teens or early twenties - had been studying in Sudan.

Some of their relatives, who have travelled to the Turkish Syrian border, told the BBC they are gravely concerned about their welfare.

They are believed to have travelled to Syria more than a week ago.

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